Is there a viable alternative to plastic anywhere in India?In Bangalore, it is superb to see small cloth bags being sold for Rs.8 or Rs.10 or Rs.15. No plastic bag is ever given even in the small supermarkets or vegetable shops. However, one wonders how they pack food items, particularly the so-called "side dishes" like chutney or sambar. In Tamil Nadu, a revolution is now sought to be put in order. The hotel guys will not insist on aluminium or ever silver containers or even those made of brass, as they stand a chance of being fined or jailed.
However, members may please point out an alternative to plastic. Or any alternative. For instance, can be traditional banana leaf become more strong if it is subject to any process? This suggestion may look absurd, but maybe someday, someone might as well find out a herbal solution that makes the banana leaf very strong. The logic is that it could then take the shape of various containers. The aluminium foils are already used in the railway stations and elsewhere. However, are these biodegradable?
We need some solutions on a pan-India basis. Yes, hundreds of thousands of jobs will be lost. But we possibly cannot tolerate the kind of plastics that makes our environments so miserable.